Huawei CFO ar­rested in B.C.

The Prince George Citizen - - Local -

VAN­COU­VER — The Jus­tice Depart­ment says the chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer of China’s Huawei Tech­nolo­gies, who is sought for ex­tra­di­tion by the United States, has been ar­rested in Van­cou­ver.

Jus­tice Depart­ment spokesman Ian McLeod says in an email that Wanzhou Meng was ar­rested Satur­day.

A clerk at the B.C. Supreme Court said Meng ap­peared in court on Wed­nes­day and a bail hear­ing is sched­uled for Fri­day.

McLeod says fur­ther de­tails can­not be pro­vided on the case be­cause a pub­li­ca­tion ban is in ef­fect at Meng’s re­quest.

In a state­ment, Huawei says Meng is be­ing sought for ex­tra­di­tion to face un­spec­i­fied charges in the East­ern District of New York.

It says she was ar­rested when she was trans­fer­ring flights in Canada.

“The com­pany has been pro­vided very lit­tle in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the charges and is not aware of any wrong­do­ing by Ms. Meng,” the state­ment says.

“The com­pany be­lieves the Cana­dian and U.S. le­gal sys­tems will ul­ti­mately reach a just con­clu­sion.”

The U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment could not im­me­di­ately be reached for com­ment.

The Wall Street Jour­nal re­ported ear­lier this year that U.S. au­thor­i­ties were in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether Huawei vi­o­lated sanc­tions on Iran.

Huawei says the com­pany com­plies with all laws and reg­u­la­tions in the coun­tries where it op­er­ates, in­clud­ing ap­pli­ca­ble ex­port con­trol, sanc­tion laws and reg­u­la­tions of the United Na­tions, the United States and the Euro­pean Union.

The com­pany’s web­site also lists Meng as its deputy chair­woman and The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports that she is the daugh­ter of com­pany founder Ren Zhengfei.

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